Sounds much like the world today, yes? He contrasts this with idea of servanthood, connecting his words with the words of Matthew in the 25th chapter and Ezekiel's in the 34th. He talked about God as both the King and One who was homeless. And our priest posed the question (paraphrasing here), What would happen if we spent more of our time serving instead of shoving with flank and shoulder, butting the weak sheep?
And I wonder, what about all those times that I seek to prove that I am right instead of just serving the one who contends with me? What about all those times that I covet the roles and responsibilities of others instead of just sitting under their teaching and being thankful that I can learn from them? What about all those times that I choose to build walls so to supposedly protect myself when instead, I just end up judging and hiding and limiting my ability to be light in darkness?
All these thoughts are swirling in my brain and the offertory plate starts to flow from pew to pew. Just as it comes to us, my smallest one drops one of her quarters on the floor and even with a frantic search, we can only find two of the three. There is no consoling her, for she simply must find it, she must put it into the plate. This is her offering and she wants to give it fully. And I try shushing and soothing, but to no avail. She will not be quiet. In the consoling, my eyes finally fall upon the quarter. We pick it up and look back to where the plate has finally made its way. It is too far back, but one of the ushers realizes our crisis and she comes to our rescue, allowing my smallest to place the quarter in her hand so that she may safely deliver it to the plate, to the people to whom this money will serve, to the very Hand of God.
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" Matthew 25: 40
Will I be so frantic to serve? Will I be undone when I cannot find my offering? Will I choose to stop pushing and shoving and claiming what I deem to be my own, in order to bend down and humbly serve?
Also, would love for you to join us tomorrow for Soli Deo Gloria (link opens Monday evening and goes through Wednesday night).